The art of tasting cheese with The Smelly Cheese Shop

Dreams came true when I won a Cellar Door Wine¬†Festival Adelaide twitter competition back in February and I became the lucky holder of a voucher for two to attend a cheese Master Class with Adelaide’s The Smelly Cheese Shop.

Imagine my delight! Two hours with some award-winning cheese and wines to match (there is a wide range of Cheese Master Classes available, but who can say no to wine and cheese?!).

The cheese consumption didn’t come as fast as I would’ve liked, but it was oh so worth it. Our cheesemaker Valerie Henbest, a lovely lady with an interesting French accent, took us on a journey through the cheesemaking process, including jamming 30+ people into a cheese ageing room that strongly smelt!

Like clowns in a clown car, we piled in to learn about the cheese we were dying to taste.

Like clowns in a clown car, we piled in to learn about the cheese we were dying to taste.

Next it was back to the tasting room where we tested our tastebuds out on salt, lemon, cocoa and sugar. This taught us to learn where we taste and to actually stop and taste.

THEN the cheese part happened! I can’t say cheese has ever sat in front of me for so long and remained untouched, but I can say I’m glad I resisted because Valerie and the man with the wine, James Erskine, took us on a journey. We learnt about the cheese, its historical origins, what the tastes were within the cheese and then we tried it with the wine. I was amazed at the tastes, I was shocked at times and at other times I stole cheese from my fellow Master Class attendee!

The Smelly Cheese Shop tasting selection, clockwise from top right, Valencay or soft (ripened goats cheese), Beaufort D'Alpage (similar to gruyere), Affidelice ( there are no words to describe how fabulous this one is,  Colston Bassett Stilton (blue vein cheese) and Camembert.

The Smelly Cheese Shop tasting selection, clockwise from top right, Valencay or soft (ripened goats cheese), Beaufort D’Alpage (similar to gruyere), Affidelice ( there are no words to describe how fabulous this one is, Colston Bassett Stilton (blue vein cheese) and Camembert.

If you have the love for cheese and want to know more, I’d highly recommend The Smelly Cheese Shop and its Master Classes. Although, I can’t promise the winemaker will serenade your group like he did us!

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A musical interlude.

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Event Photography – Adelaide Hills Magazine

I’ve been waiting impatiently for a few months now to see my first photo spread in the Adelaide Hills Magazine, following my attendance at the Highland Gathering in Mt Barker in February.

The extremely hot summer’s day (38 degrees!) was filled with the traditional bagpipes you’d find at any Scottish event, but also with some ¬†Strong Man events, a caber toss and a hilarious knobbly knees competition.

I can’t wait to have the chance to attend my next event for the Adelaide Hills Magazine!!

The Autumn 2013 edition of the Adelaide Hills Magazine.

The Autumn 2013 edition of the Adelaide Hills Magazine.

Love a good byline!

Love a good byline!

My pictures in print!

My pictures in print!

For more information about the Adelaide Hills Magazine, an award winning publication in its own right, visit their website, like their Facebook page or follow them on Twitter.

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The wedding of Monica and Simon

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Monica made a beautiful bride. Location – Maid of Honour’s house prior to ceremony

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This photo is proof that sometimes the locations you barely consider can make for a great backdrop. Location – Maid of Honour’s house.

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The best photos always come from a casual setting. Look at what happens when you tell the bride and groom to take a walk! Location – West Beach foreshore

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You can’t forget the shiny wedding cars! Location – Brougham Gardens, North Adeliade

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So much love!

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I’ve been in a wedding where a similar shot was taken and I was excited to re-create it myself. The soft light and beautiful Moreton Bay Fig tree created the perfect setting. Location – Brougham Gardens, North Adelaide

You know a bride is keen to call her groom a husband when she’s early for the ceremony and has to wait outside just in case guests are still arriving! That was Monica on the day she married Simon in December 2012 and Simon was just as excited. Following the ceremony in a beautiful church in the Adelaide suburb of Kensington, guests greeted the happy couple in the church gardens and it was obvious that friends and family were looking forward to this day just as much as the bride and groom. Photoshoot locations followed at West Beach and gardens in North Adelaide before a dinner reception at The Old Adelaide Inn on O’Connell Street.

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